Cotswolds Things To Do – Spring 2020
Spring Into Spring – fun and unusual things to do in the Cotswolds as loved by those who live here. When looking for a memorable day visiting hotspots around our counties including Gloucestershire and Oxfordshire, encompassing the Cotswold Edge escarpment from Bath in the south to Chipping Campden at the most northernmost point.
Outside and Inside Tourist Hotspots Gloucestershire
Peeking out from under the duvet and yes, it’s still winter, but only just, and as March begins we can’t help but notice that cheerier vibes seem to radiate from all our staff and customers in both our Cotswolds shops. With every snowdrop we see, extra minute of daylight we soak up, and each new spring delivery of Redecker brushes we unpack, optimism seems to come a little easier and we have an inkling that we’re not the only ones feeling this way.
Nailsworth and Tetbury Lifestyle Cotswolds Gift Shops
So, how to celebrate the end of winter? Well, the great thing about shopping is that it can be done at all times of the year, so while we’re sure that a trip to visit us at Domestic Science is Nailsworth or Tetbury is top of your to do list year round, in ode to the good vibes we’re feeling, and brighter days we’re hoping for we thought we’d share a few other fun things to do in the Cotswold this spring.
Our beautiful expanse of South-West England features gorgeous countryside and charming market towns but here in Gloucestershire we’re known for more than just pretty stone and being the home of Prince Charles and the stunning Highgrove Royal Gardens.
Our Cotswold store locations are only 15 minutes apart in Gloucestershire, we are open Mondays to Saturdays between 10am – 5pm, with Sunday hours of 11am to 4pm. Should you wish to speak to either location you can call Nailsworth 01453 833123 or Tetbury 01666 503667 and we’ll be happy to help with anything from directions, parking and specific online stock items.
So, without further ado scroll down for some of the best ways to enjoy the Cotswolds as recommended by people that live here.
Fun things to do in the Cotswolds this spring:
- Fly Kites on Minchinhampton Common
Minchinhampton Common is an expanse of rolling hills and open space just a mile from our shop in Nailsworth. Being unsheltered and open to the elements the common is the perfect place to fly kites and for a few years it played home to it’s very own Kite Festival. When the wind isn’t too strong it’s also the perfect place in which to let loose and just enjoy being outside; once the kites have been put away keep children entertained with a Huckleberry Duel Magnifying glass, perfect for exploring the overgrowth, and a Catapult Sling Shot Glider, which will be able to fly through the sky without any risk of disappearing into the neighbours garden or knocking pictures or ornaments off the wall.
- Unleash your inner foodie at Stroud Farmers Market
Sprawling across Cornhill Market Place and the surrounding streets Stroud Farmers Market is a foodie heaven; it’s packed to the brim with an array of local independent food brands and the buzz of the market creates the most wonderful atmosphere across all of Stroud on a Saturday morning. It’s often voted as the best farmers market in the country and if you are staying in the Cotswolds for the weekend it’s well worth a trip to stock up delicious ingredients for your supper or to indulge in some local treats to take home. Stroud is notoriously eco-friendly so if you fancy getting a coffee to sip on while you browse make sure you bring your own reusable coffee cup (we love this pink bamboo one), to avoid any judgement… Stroud Farmers Market is on every Saturday from 10am – 2pm.
- Book Gifford’s Circus. 9th April – 27th September
A trip to Gifford’s Circus is one of the most magical ways to spend a summer afternoon or evening. The circus was started by Toti Gifford and the late Nell Gifford in 2000 and for the past 20 years their small team have toured the Cotswolds each summer delighting audiences with Gypsy violinists, tap dancers, tight-rope walkers, trapeze artistes, stunt riders, opera singers, magicians, illusionists, gymnast and beautiful horses. Gifford’s is the circus you remember from your childhood and if you get the chance, we can’t recommend booking tickets enough.
- Go Camping
The Cotswold’s is home to some of the most picturesque camping sites in the country, Thistledown Farm is a particular favourite and it’s situated in an ancient Stroud valley in 70 acres of organic meadow and woodland. Thistledown has been managed organically since 1994 and offers the chance to spend time really embracing the outdoors, safe in the knowledge that everything you do is helping protect it. The organic Thistledown café serves homemade pizzas and local beer but campfires are also encouraged so make sure you stock up on Falcon Enamel’s range of colourful tumblers and dishes to create the most stylish campfire picnic!
- Eat ice creams at Winstone’s Ice Cream Factory
The Winstone family have been making ice cream from the same small factory on Rodborough Common since 1925. Now in their fourth generation, the family continue to use the best locally sourced fresh milk and double cream to handcraft a delicious, and constantly evolving, selection of ice-cream. There aren’t many better ways to spend a sunny afternoon than walking across Rodborough common while enjoying a homemade Winstone’s ice cream.
- Count the Painswick yew trees.
Legend has it that there are just 99 yew trees growing in Painswick St Mary’s churchyard and that the devil would destroy anymore that tried to grow. We can confirm that there are in fact more that 99 Yew Trees (which is an impressive number for a small church yard!) but that no one has ever counted the same number twice. Head to this small charming village and have a go for yourself. Once here you could also pop into the fab The Painswick Hotel for a drink.
- Visit Bristol.
You can be in Bristol in as little as 45 minutes from our shop in Tetbury and if you’ve never been we’d highly recommend a day out in this city. Bristol is a real foodie destination and lots of London restaurants have opened second branches here so it’s a great city to make a trip to for lunch or dinner. Bristol has also always been fiercely independent and is full of wonderful independent shops, selling beautiful and unusual things. As it’s so close, if you’re staying in Bristol it’s equally just as easy for you to pop over to Tetbury or Nailsworth and explore our shops and surrounding areas!
- Spend a lazy afternoon in a pub garden.
As the sun starts to shine there are few pleasures quite as simple as enjoying a local ale or chilled glass of home-pressed apple juice in a pub garden. These are a few of our favourite traditional Cotswold pubs with charming gardens: The Tunnel House Inn, The Black Horse Amberly, The Inn at Fossebridge, The Woolpack Slad (fans of Laurie Lee should head here).
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(The Kingham Plough)
While we’re on the subject of pubs if you’re looking for somewhere to stay the Cotswolds boasts an exceptionally good collection of pubs with rooms, many of which are well known for their fantastic food and beautiful bedrooms. We’d happily spend the weekend in any of the following and use them as our base from which to explore Gloucestershire: The Villiage Pub at Barnsley, The Wheatsheaf Inn Northleach, The Kingham Plough at Kingham, The Royal Oak Tetbury, The Swan at Southrop.
- Head to Badminton Horse Trials.
Badmington Horse Trails takes place just down the road from Tetbury on the Badmington Estate over the first weekend in May each year. If you like horses then it goes without saying that you’ll enjoy it, but if you like shopping, sitting on the grass sipping champagne or even just spending day outside in some beautiful grounds then it’s probably your cup of tea too!
Buy Vintage Antiques, Modern Homeware and Lifestyle Merchandise
Visit Domestic Science, obvs. Both of our shops in Nailsworth and Tetbury have café attached to them, so while you’re exploring our seemingly endless selection of goodies those less keen on shopping can treat themselves to a slice of cake, a cup of tea or a delicious homemade lunch. Both cafés have gardens so if the sun is shining they can top up their tan too!
If you do miss popping in, remember we offer FREE shipping on all orders over £50, why not browse our items on sale (when they’re gone they’re gone!). Our homewares feature unique collections of global premium independent suppliers including Falcon Enamel, Redecker and St Eval.